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Industry Insider – Ethical Book Buying as part of Ethical Consumer Week

2 November @ 17:30 - 18:30 GMT

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SoA CEO Nicola Solomon will chair this special #SoAatHome industry insider panel discussion as part of Ethical Consumer Week, with comics creator Hannah Berry and writers Dawn Finch and Piers Torday. We look at the sustainability of books, avoiding Amazon, supporting the high street and consider audio and e-books against the physical version. Nicola will bring her specialist knowledge of contracts to this author discussion.


About Ethical Consumer Week

This year’s Ethical Consumer Week ( #ECWeek2022) will investigate who’s benefiting from  or paying for the cost-of-living crisis, and the role of government, business and consumers in finding equitable solutions.


  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Nicola Solomon (2 mins)
  • Nicola Solomon chairs a panel discussion with comics creator Hannah Berry and writers Dawn Finch and Piers Torday. (40mins)
  • Q&A with audience (15 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (3 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Sophia A Jackson, SoA’s Head of Events



What will this session cover? 

  • Which methods of book buying are the most ethical and sustainable for the planet?
  • And how do we ensure continued creativity?
  • Is buying second hand good or bad?
  • What can consumers do in their buying and lobbying choices?
  • How can we create greener books and a fairer environment for creators?



Who is this session for? 

Anyone interested in the environment, its relationship with the book industry and the issue of trying to be an ethical consumer.

Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected]  with ‘Ethical Book Buying’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The line-up 


Hannah Berry – Comics Creator

Hannah Berry is a comics creator, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and author of three award-winning graphic novels. In 2018 she was inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was the 2019-21 UK Comics Laureate. She is a founding committee member of the Society of Authors’ Comics Creators Network. 

Website:  https://hannahberry.co.uk/ | Twitter: @streakofpith | Instagram: @streakofpith


Dawn Finch –  Writer

Dawn Finch is a writer, librarian, and past president of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). During her long career with children’s books and libraries she has been a member of many national steering groups examining reading for pleasure, library usage, and ethics in information management. As chair of CWIG, she worked closely with children’s authors, school librarians and booksellers to support the rights of readers and book creators. Her non-fiction books for children are in most primary schools across the country and used as part of the curriculum. Dawn is also part of the team who for the last ten years have managed and run a successful community bookshop in her home town in NE Scotland. 
Twitter @dawnafinch | Website dawnmclachlan.com | Instagram @neepsandcompany  



Nicola Solomon – Chief Executive, Society of Authors

As well as being the Chief Executive of the Society of Authors, Nicola Solomon is a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience in intellectual property and media law. She has an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract. She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum, the British Copyright Council and the European Writers Council.


Piers Torday – Children’s Writer, Playwright

Piers’s books for children include The Last Wild series (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize), There May Be a Castle, and The Lost Magician  (Teach Primary Book Award). Plays include The Box of Delights, Christmas Carol, and The Child in the Snow (Wilton’s Music Hall.) He is co-founder of the Paul Torday Memorial Prize and Chair of the Society of Authors Sustainability Working Group.
Website: www.pierstorday.co.uk | Twitter: @pierstorday | Instagram: @piers_torday



Need to know 

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 60 minutes.

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place using the registration form below.

All SoA @ Home industry insider events are free but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE

If you are unable to book using the registration box below, please email [email protected] with the name and date of the event you’d like to register for and we’ll confirm your place.


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2 November
17:30 - 18:30 GMT
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